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GE Dryer problem
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Post# 940565   5/27/2017 at 20:15 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Developed a problem today with our 99 GE electric dryer. Have never had a single problem with it since new. But today when I turned the knob to start all that happened was a buzzing down inside the cabinet. Tried a few times with the same result each time. Any thoughts?

Post# 940566 , Reply# 1   5/27/2017 at 20:28 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Sounds like maybe a broken belt? The buzzing could be from the motor engaging, but without an intact belt the drum can't turn. And if the dryer is over 17 yrs old without a belt replacement I'll bet thats what it is. I replaced a belt on a Whirlpool portable dryer about 40 yrs ago, with no You Tube for support, it wasn't that hard. I think you may be able to handle this. Good Luck!

Post# 940569 , Reply# 2   5/27/2017 at 20:36 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Does not sound like the motor running. Just a buzz.

Post# 940572 , Reply# 3   5/27/2017 at 20:40 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Oops, then I'm at a loss. But if the motor isn't running this would be a bigger job than replacing a broken belt. Maybe if you take the back off you can get an idea of whats wrong.

Post# 940585 , Reply# 4   5/27/2017 at 21:50 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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If it's like my 99 GE gas dryer, you pop the top, then the front front off and the motor is on the left hand side bottom.  The hardest part is getting the drum out/in because it's so bulky. Youtube is your friend.

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Post# 940637 , Reply# 5   5/28/2017 at 10:42 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Buzzing GE Dryer

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You have a bad motor, GE dryer motors are know for this. Try turning the drum by hand, sometimes the motor will start after you do this.


You can also hold the door switch in and hit the start Sw while turning the drum CCW to start the dryer if you need to get clothing dried. It does take three hands to this or a helper.


If this works you can tape a quarter over the door SW and then turn the drum with one hand while you hit the start SW. This way you can use the dryer till you decide if you want to put in a new motor or get a better dryer.

Post# 940689 , Reply# 6   5/28/2017 at 17:38 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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I had the top and front off my sisters GE dryer a few years back when I put new front drum supports in so taking this one apart is no big deal. I did turn the drum when the buzzing happened yesterday which didn't make a difference. But not while turning the knob to start. I'll give that a try and see if it runs.

Post# 940810 , Reply# 7   5/29/2017 at 15:25 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        
Thanks for the info

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It worked. Turned drum at same time as turning knob to start and it ran. After that it started on its own every time I tried it.

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